Week of March 11, 2019

Tis The Season

We're in the stretch where school is hard! It's hard for students, it's hard for staff, it's hard for parents. The weather ranges from Arctic blast in the morning to Bahaman sunshine at noon to torrential down pours and 500 mile per hour winds (no joke) by the time we leave school. Often during this time it's hard for us to keep our emotions at bay (even for me). We get irritated by parents, students, and each other! Things that normally we would be willing to work through send us over the edge and we say things that we wouldn't normally say, and if you're like me keep you awake at night because that's not the person you are, or are quick to react out of frustration. Now is the time we need to lean on each other and ask for help if we need it. Instead of letting a student push you over the edge and saying something to them that could damage your relationship send them to the office with a task, or note and we'll gladly keep them for 10-15 minutes to give you some time to regroup before they come back.

Recently, I read some articles that were placed in mailboxes written by a guy who I'm assuming has never stepped into a school setting, but "has" the answer for how we should be disciplining in schools. While I appreciate him comparing public schools to private schools (I won't even go there) there are reasons we handle discipline at CNP the way we do. If you have a better solution or would like to talk about discipline, my door is always open and we can discuss my vision for how CNP will discipline students. We have to remember that we are dealing with 5-9 year olds that we may have to remind what the rules are 50-100 times before it clicks for them. I'm am NOT willing to treat students differently than we would treat co-workers or other adults in our building.

Think Before You Speak

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I saw a post the other day where a mom told her middle school child to put toothpaste onto a plate then asked her to put it back into the tube. The child responded by saying it was impossible and there was no way to put it back. Her mom responded by saying and just like the tooth paste it's even harder to take back words that come out of your mouth once they are out. It made me think about the things I say and how i need to think before I respond, because my words can lift others up or tear them down. I don't know about you, but when I pass I want to be remembered as someone who always looked to lift others up. This life is too short and to hard to be tearing each other down!


I have asked Mrs. Knepper to open our window/keep it open from after spring break until the end of April. It is open early for the upper grades who have to complete ILEARN testing soon, but since we don't test I asked for more time so we could hit more standards to get a better picture of where our students are.

Daddy Daughter Dance

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This weekend our PTO is holding our annual Daddy Daughter dance. If you aren't busy we could use the volunteers. See Mrs. Spencer or myself if you're willing to help out! IA's you can use the hours you work to make up time from days we closed.

Staff Spotlight

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We have lots of programs that recognize the hard work that students put in or highlight the great character traits we see in students. I would like to start recognizing staff members for their hard work and character traits that they exhibit! Each month I'd like for you to consider nominating a co-worker that you feel deserves a spotlight. I've included a link here for you to go to and nominate and tell why you are nominating this person. Each month I'll resend the form. I need to get better at recognizing all the amazing things you guys are doing and I need your help! Thanks!

Upcoming Morning Meetings

None Scheduled at this time. Please take the time to work and collaborate together in the mornings. I'll drop in to your collaboration times this week to see how things are going. Please keep Wednesday morning open just in case we would need to meet.

Important Dates

3/16: PTO Father/Daughter Dance

3/19: Yates and Jordan to KinderForest

3/20: Ummel and Shaw to KinderForest

3/21: 1st Grade Music Program

4/12: Mobile Dentist Follow Up

4/16: Yates and Jordan to KinderForest

4/17: Ummel and Shaw to KinderForest

5/8: Yates and Jordan to KinderForest

5/9: Ummel and Shaw to KinderForest

Please send me any important dates as you get them! Also, don't forget we have the shared google calendar with dates for events happening at CNP!